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Honolulu Community College students win big at The National Association of Home Builders conference

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The Building Industry Association of Hawaii (BIA) recently congratulated students from Honolulu Community College (HonCC) who returned from The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) esteemed annual conference with their first place honors as the Outstanding Student Chapter. The HonCC Student Chapter were recognized for their outstanding achievement in chapter and campus activities, community service projects, fundraising and other events.

In addition, the HonCC Hawaii Student Chapter took the third place award in the Two-Year College category of the NAHB Residential Construction Management Competition. For this category, the HonCC students competed to solve real-life construction management problems and presented their solutions to a judging panel of residential construction industry experts.

The awards were given at the 2015 NAHB International Builders Show in Las Vegas. The HonCC Student Chapter vigorously competed against 54 teams representing universities, community colleges, high schools and career technical schools across the country.

Rick Hobson, president of the BIA and vice president of sales & marketing for Gentry Homes said, “We are so proud of the Honolulu Community College's NAHB Student Chapter and impressed by their commitment and foresight in residential construction planning and building techniques. The Hawaii building industry is on track as we continually improve and raise the bar to provide the leadership and planning that is necessary to deliver outstanding construction projects in Hawaii. Having a local student chapter that is recognized from national industry experts brings us hope and promise for an even better building industry for generations to come.”

Hobson went on to say, “More than 75,000 builders, suppliers, students and faculty were in attendance at the 2015 NAHB annual conference, while 125,000 attended the International Builders' Show, Design & Construction Week. The overall competition was robust but the HonCC Student Chapter was resilient as they demonstrated their amazing of aptitude and overall understanding of the building and construction process.”

HonCC's Construction Management student and NAHB chapter president Lana Moe was also recognized as an Outstanding Student at the awards ceremony. This award recognizes student members of NAHB for their work for the student chapter and local HBA. Students are selected on the evaluation of their academic standing, their level of involvement with their student chapter, as well as their interest in pursuing residential building careers. “This has been an incredible experience for all of us! It has definitely been an amazing and rewarding competition,” shares Lana. “We've learned so much and we hope to utilize that knowledge in our future endeavors.”

Jerry Howard, Jerry Howard, CEO of the NAHB said, “Congratulations to the NAHB Student Chapter at Honolulu Community College. They and their competitors showed a great deal of talent along with a depth of understanding of building industry management, from land development to marketing to scheduling to estimating.”

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